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In partnership with the City of Worcester, Seven Hills Foundation, Nitsche Engineering, Lamoureux Pagano Architects, CD McGuire and others, we plan to move the historic Stearns Tavern to Coes Pond. Preservation Worcester committed to paying expenses (heat, water, electricity, snow removal, lawn care, fire monitoring ….) for the building for the next 7 months. Being a small grassroots organization, this commitment is a real stretch for us. We figure our expenses will be $25 per day. PLEASE HELP US SUPPORT THE PROJECT AND PAY FOR A DAY, A COUPLE OF DAYS A WEEK OR WHATEVER WORKS WITHIN YOUR BUDGET.
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Scenes from 2013 Holiday Stroll courtesy of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Start your Holiday Season off on the right step by attending Preservation Worcester’s Holiday Stroll. This year’s Stroll is of the Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic District, a special area conceived by Stephen Salisbury III as a grand-scale neighborhood on a portion of his family farmland with homes that reflect the prosperous climate of the day. The Stroll homes are architect designed, and some of the most magnificent houses in the city.
Our 2015 Stroll is extra special in many ways. It will celebrate a recently published book - Living at the City's Green Edge: Bancroft Heights a Planned Neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts written by Preservation Worcester Education Director Susan Ceccacci. In the Stroll homes, we will have costumed actors representing former residents and staff. The American Antiquarian Society will open the handsome Antiquarian Hall for tours and a small exhibit. Carolers will fill the air with songs of the season.
The Holiday Stroll is a seasonal favorite for those who enjoy fine architecture, who relish the opportunity to enter some of Worcester’s architectural gems and who are enthusiastic to experience grand homes decorated for the season. Whether you are looking for ideas for your own home or are interested in getting the rare opportunity to view exceptional design and architecture, we know that our Stroll will provide a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.
You can also continue to celebrate the season at a holiday reception immediately following the Stroll from 5-7pm in an elegant home in the Massachusetts Avenue area. Enjoy live music and our popular "Celebrity Wreath" auction. Available by advance reservation only.
You can purchase your advance reservations using PayPal below.
The Stroll brochure (your ticket) can be picked up at Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street beginning at 12 noon on the day of the Stroll. Please note all ticket sales are final.
Advance Stroll Tickets Only
$25 each for members
$30 each for non-members
Advance Stroll & Holiday Party Tickets
$65 each for members
$75 each for non-members
Become a Sponsor!
$200 - Carriage House Patron and have your personal or business name listed in the Stroll brochure and receive two tickets to the Stroll and Holiday Party.
$100 - Front Porch Friend and have your personal or business name listed in the Stroll brochure and receive one ticket to the Stroll and Holiday Party.
For our Corporate Sponsors and/or Tour Book Advertisers:
Those wishing to support our Stroll have two options. You can become a sponsor or purchase an advertisement in our Tour Booklet. Click here to download Sponsor and Advertiser price sheets.
Your camera-ready ad must be received by November 13, 2015 in order to appear in the book. We can accept printed materials such as business cards to scan, and electronic ads in the following formats: tiff, pdf, eps or jpeg at 300dpi, or Mac platform source files with graphics and fonts.
FULL TOUR SPONSOR - $2,000
SPONSOR OF A GRACIOUS HOME - $1,000
SPONSOR - $500
For your convenience, you can pay for your Corporate Sponsorship via PayPal below.
TOUR BOOK ADVERTISING
You may purchase display advertising in the tour book at the following rates:
We can accept printed materials such as business cards to scan, and electronic ads by email to email@example.com in the following formats: tiff, pdf, eps or jpeg at 300dpi, or Mac platform source files with graphics and fonts.
Your camera-ready ad must be received by November 13, 2015 in order to appear in the tour book.
For your convenience, you can pay for your tour book advertisement via PayPal below.
Preservation Worcester celebrates the 20th anniversary of our annual Most Endangered Structures List. The list has proven to be a highly successful tool for identifying and selecting local architectural gems that are threatened by demolition, neglect or inappropriate use. To highlight the effectiveness of the program, this year in addition to selecting 10 endangered structures, we also identified 20 successes. Go to our Most Endangered Structures tab to see our complete list of threatened properties as well as our commendations list. Also, please nominate threatened properties for our 2016 Most Endangered Structures List.
This photograph was taken on October 9, 2015 and is the most recent photo we have that shows the progress in stonework being done on the Clock Tower. We are excited as the work nears completion and will keep you posted as to when it is done.
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The mission of Preservation Worcester is to preserve for future generations the sites and structures which are significant to the culture, history, and architecture of the city and to encourage excellence in future design.
Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’s architectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride and identity.
To further its goals, Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools, and state and local historical commissions.